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Happenings
2015 December/January
Pg 13 - The Sunshine Express
Cortez/Dolores/Dove Creek/Mancos:
--Montelores Early Childhood Council luncheon
meeting, Dec 7, 11:45a, rm. 110, Johnson
Building, 925 S Broadway, Cortez, The public
is invited especially parents, Lunch provided so
please RSVP to Vangi McCoy: 970.749.7017
-The Peking Acrobats, January 13, 7-9p, Fort Lewis Col-
lege Community Concert Hall, 1000 Rim Dr, Durango, a
kaleidoscope of entertainment and wonder, Chinese or-
chestra, 26-member troupe of elite gymnasts, jugglers,
cyclists & tumblers, a fast-paced, flawlessly choreo-
graphed show to mesmerize all ages
-Wedding Expo, January 16, 8a-5p, La Plata County Fair-
grounds, 2500 Main Ave, Durango, Find out the hottest
wedding trends for 2016, the best food & cake vendors
in the area, planning seminars, learn about Durango¡¯s
venue options, meet local photographers, DJs, videogra-
phers, get a jump start on planning your big day
-Durango Snowdown, January 27-31
Eagle/Gypsum/Edwards/Avon/Vail:
--Vail Snow Daze, December 11-13, the largest early-
season mountain bash in North America, Enjoy fresh
tracks on the mountain and sponsor expo village by day
& apr¨¨s parties, free live concerts by night
-Golden Dragon Acrobats of China, December 26-27,
6:30p, Originally from Cangzhou, Hebei province, in the
People¡¯s Republic of China, the Golden Dragon Acrobats
have toured for more than 30 years to international
acclaim, Vilar Center, 68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek,
970.845.TIXS
-Vail Holidaze New Year¡¯s Eve, December 31, All day,
Tree Lighting Ceremony presented by Alpine Bank fol-
lowed by the Vail Lantern Walk, more, 970.SKI.VAIL
-Beaver Creek New Years Eve Bash, Dec 31, all day,
Travel Channel¡¯s top 10 family-friendly New Year¡¯s Eve
celebrations, 970.754.4636
-SKADI Fest, January 20-22, Women¡¯s Weekend featur-
ing equipment demo and expo village, guided ski school
experience w/female instructors, VIP events, Lionshead,
Vail, Skadi (pronounced ¡®Scotty¡¯) means the Norse god-
dess of winter
Glenwood/Aspen/Carbondale/Rifle:
--Dec 12, Aspen Highlands Opening Day, Buttermilk
Opening Day, Chair 9 Opening Party: Aspen Extreme
-Dec 12-13, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet: The Nutcracker
-Dec 13, Tree Lighting at The Little Nell, Aspen
-Winter on the Mountain, brings dazzling lights & magi-
cal adventures as Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
turns into a winter wonderland full of fun, 500,000
Twinkling Lights, Giant Christmas Tree playing musical
light show, Lighted winter rides & caves, Winter wipeout
4-D movie, Mountaintop Dining, Firepits for roasting
s¡¯mores, Scenic Evening Tram Ride, now through Feb
28, 10a-9p, Fri, Sat, Sun, 51000 Two Rivers Plaza Rd,
Glenwood Springs, 800.530.1635
-Family Fun Dinner Theater Shows, The Glenwood
Vaudeville Revue, 6:30-9:30p, comedy skits, jokes, high
energy dance numbers, unique novelty songs & original
comedic presentations while you savor a meal prepared
by many of Glenwood Springs¡¯ best restaurants, $24,
915 Grand Ave, Glenwood Springs, 970.945.9699
-2015 Audi Ajax Cup, December 30, head-to-head
slalom races Little Nell at Aspen Mountain, Cheer on the
racers then stick around for one of the hottest apr¨¨s ski
parties of the year, Beth Hansen: 970.205.5107
-Dec 31, 8p & 12a, Ring in the New Year with two spec-
tacular displays of fireworks over Aspen Mountain
-Winterskol, January 14-17, celebrations across town
& at all 4 mountains, snow sculptures, fireworks, an
evening torchlight descent on Aspen Mountain, a canine
fashion show, fat-bike races on the snow, apr¨¨s ski par-
ties, more
-Jan 28-31, Winter X Games, Aspen
Grand Junction/Gateway/Parachute:
--Holiday Gift Bazar, Dec 10, 830 Gunnison Ave, Gr Jct,
East Middle School, Students display entrepreneurial
skills, 6:30-7:30a & 2:50-5p, 970.812.2940
-Sensory Christmas at the Botanical Gardens, 641
Struthers Ave, Gr Jct, soft holiday lights, music, craft
table, refreshments, small animal petting area, warm
cider & cocoa along w/Santa handing out candy, Fri &
Sat evenings Dec 11-12 & 18-19, 970.245.3288
-Gaming Daze, Wednesdays, 3:45-5p, Mancos Pub-
lic Library, 211 W First St, Mancos, Free after-school
program for youth ages 8+, come try your hand at
Wii, board games, Legos, Twister and other fun games
& activities, Snacks provided, Contact Lee Hallberg:
970.533.7600
-Raising Readers Storytime, Cortez Public Library, 202
N Park St, Cortez, every Thu, 10:30a, offers songs,
stories, crafts & silliness using the Early Childhood
Literacy Initiative program, 970.565.8117
-Shop Local, Shop Dolores!, Nov 28-Dec 19, Downtown
Dolores, Hwy 145 & Central Ave, shop at participating
merchants to earn a chance to win BIG in three Dolores
Dollar drawings
Durango/Silverton/Hesperus/Pagosa Springs:
-December 1-January 2, Take a trip on The Polar Ex-
press, Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad brings
the award-winning book to life on this magical journey
to the North Pole & back
-Durango Christmas Tree Train, December 4-19, Du-
rango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, 479 Main
Ave, Durango, Cut your own Christmas Tree while tak-
ing a ride on the Cascade Canyon Train, rides available
Fridays & Saturdays leading up to Christmas
-Christmas in Vallecito, December 11-13, a family
friendly event, Kids Party w/Santa, Poker Runs, Home
Tours, Live Music, Vallecito Lake is the place to be on
this weekend
-The Music Man, Durango Arts Ctr, Children & adult ac-
tors perform this family favorite, December 11 & 12 at
7p, December 18 & 19 at 7p, December 12 & 19 at 1p
-Torchlight Parade, December 31, 5:30-6:30p, Purgato-
ry Resort, #1 Skier Place, Durango, Enjoy live music as
the parade comes down the mountain & the spectacu-
lar display of fireworks to follow
-Two Hearts Wedding Expo, January 9, 11a-3p, La Plata
County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave, Durango, If you¡¯re
planing a wedding this is the show to be at!
Events, Fairs, Festivals, Fun
January 22
DeadPhish Orchestra, Strings Pavillion,
Steamboat, 970.879.5056 X105
KOTO Lip Sync contest, Sheridan Opera
House, Telluride, 970.728.6363
January 23
Sandy Hackett¡¯s Rat Pack Show, Wheeler
Opera House, Aspen, 970.920.5770
January 24
Zoso:The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience,
Belly Up, Aspen, 970.544.9800
January 27
Nas, Belly Up, Aspen, 970.544.9800
Bryn Terfel, Vilar Ctr, Avon, 970.845.TIXS
January 28
Twenty One Pilots(SOLD OUT), Belly Up,
Aspen, 970.544.9800
Comedian Brian Regan, Avalon Theatre,
Gr Jct, 970.263.5700
January 29
Run The Jewels(7p), Kygo(10p,SOLD OUT),
Belly Up, Aspen, 970.544.9800
January 30
Mau5trap presents Deadmau5
w/Attlas(SOLD OUT), Belly Up, Aspen,
970.544.9800
Chinese pianist Fei-Fei Dong, Strings
Pavillion, Steamboat, 970.879.5056 X105
January 31
DJ Snake, Belly Up, Aspen, 970.544.9800